IPL 2022 LSG vs GT, 57th Match Preview: IPL 2022's top two teams battle for supremacy
Both Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants have very strong bowling attacks.
Then vs Now
When Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans met each other in their first-ever match of the IPL in Match 5 of IPL 2022, neither team would have imagined that they would win 8 matches apiece from their first 11 outings and will occupy the top two spots in the points table by the time they meet again.
In their first and only clash of the IPL, Gujarat Titans beat Lucknow Super Giants by 5 wickets but Lucknow are expected to put up a much better performance this time around.
In the last clash against Gujarat, KL Rahul was dismissed for a golden duck and the batter copped a diamond duck in Lucknow's most recent fixture.
GT have to be wary of KL Rahul
Placed at the second spot in the IPL 2022 run scoring charts with 451 runs from 11 matches at an average of over 50 and a strike rate in excess of 145 with two centuries and two half centuries. Rahul will expect to come back strongly in this game.
Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni scored half centuries in Lucknow's last match against Gujarat. Hooda has been in great touch and has made substantial contributions in Lucknow's last three matches.
While their batting is more than serviceable, it is the variety in their bowling attack which has troubled the opposition.
The team has Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan as their main bowling options along with the backup of Deepak Hooda, Kunal Pandya and Marcus Stoinis.
Stoinis, in fact, is playing as a pure batter and hasn't had much to do in the competition till now.
Onus on Pandya, Gill to score
Gujarat on the other hand were helped by 30s from Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya, David Miller and a brilliant 24-ball 40 from Rahul Tewatia. Tewatia, Miller and Pandya continue to go strong in the competition. More runs are expected from the blade of Shubman Gill.
Gujarat too have a strong bowling option with Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson and Mohammed Shami in their ranks.
Predicted Playing XIs
Lucknow Super Giants - KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Gujarat Titans - Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
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